Rutherford deputy, Arnold’s cousin no longer an employee of sheriff’s office

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Update: News 2 learned Vanderveer was fired from his position. Click here to read the update.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A deputy who’s also the cousin of Sheriff Robert Arnold is no longer an employee of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.

It’s unclear why James Vanderveer doesn’t work there anymore.

News 2 reached out for comment and spokeswoman Lisa Marchesoni only said, “Deputy Vandeveer no longer works at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office.”

Vanderveer is Sheriff Arnold’s cousin and currently lives in the sheriff’s home. He was one of the two sheriff’s office employees who was called to the house the night Arnold allegedly assaulted his wife.

Arnold remains in jail awaiting his February 7 trial on charges of conspiracy, fraud, and bribery. They stem from the sale of e-cigarettes inside the Rutherford County jail after Arnold listed the e-cig company as a source of income.